Membership problems plague international organizations of all types. All organizations are in some way exclusive, and there is a hierarchy of acceptable joiner-nations with the European nations leading the list. Each organization appears statistically to have a norm of membership toward which its number tends. If it falls short of the norm, it is under compulsion to expand. If it exceeds the norm, expulsions or boycotts are likely to ensue. The ideal condition of an organization, therefore, is "normal" membership, not necessarily "total" inclusion of all nations legally admissable. More is to be lost by too large an organization than by one too small. There is a superfluity of discrete national memberships in separate organizations, which necessitates amalgamation of organizations.
Clark, W. H.
The Problem of Membership in International Organization.
Journal of the Minnesota Academy of Science, Vol. 33 No.2, 136-140.
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